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A New Approach for the Next Generation

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Aaron Schumacher of Tufts University notes the sharp disconnect between what is being taught and what should be taught about Latin America at U.S. universities. Many undergraduates possess little knowledge of issues such as energy security and sustainable development.
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Financial Inclusiveness in Our Hemisphere

Friday, September 7, 2007

Carl Cira, Director of the Florida International University Summit of the Americas Center, and Francisco Prior Sanz, Director of the Center’s Financial Inclusiveness Program, outline five ways to improve access to financial services. Their recent research focuses on lower income populations and remittance and microfinance recipients.
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Accountability Rare in Latin American Schools

Tuesday, July 24, 2007  |  Viewpoints Americas

Jeffrey Puryear, Vice President for Social Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue, and Laura Moodey, Director for Education Policy at Fundacion IDEA, emphasize the link between accountability and improving the region’s education quality. Accountability hinges on promoting standards, information, consequences, and authority. ... Read More

Immigrants Key to Future U.S. Economy

Wednesday, June 6, 2007  |  Jason Marczak  |  Viewpoints Americas

As the U.S. population ages and birth rates decline, immigrant labor will be one of the few sources for future labor growth, writes AS/COA Director of Policy, Jason Marczak. Across the Atlantic, foreign-born labor is also an important economic resource but integration policies stifle newcomers’ ability to contribute economically. ... Read More

New Index Links Development to Strong Institutions

Tuesday, May 8, 2007  |  Viewpoints America

Alberto Saracho Martinez, executive director of Fundación IDEA, uses the new Institutional Quality Index to show that economic growth and citizen well-being hinge on respect for basic freedoms. IDEA is one of 18 Latin American think tanks that came together to develop and recently launch the index. ... Read More

Building a Panama Canal for the New World Economy

Tuesday, April 3, 2007  |  Viewpoints Americas

Michael Bomba, a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, sees the estimated $5.2 billion canal improvement project as a natural response to significant developments in maritime trade over the past two decades. A third set of locks will allow for increased ship traffic along this strategic waterway. ... Read More

Putting "Sustainable" Before "Energy": Biofuels in a Sustainable Energy Future

Monday, April 2, 2007  |  Viewpoints Americas

John Sheehan, a senior strategic analyst at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, analyzes the long-term limits of greater biofuel use. Alternative energy topped the agenda at recent meetings between U.S. President Bush and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. ... Read More